Netherlands U21 coach Albert Stuivenberg has named Adam Maher as the teams captain for the upcoming European Championships qualifier with Georgia. 

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maher 8The Jong Oranje face Georgia on Thursday, and with regular captain Marco van Ginkel out with a cruciate ligament injury, Maher is set to take over the armband.

This was confirmed by coach Stuivenberg after the U-21’s finished their final training session on Dutch soil in Doorwerth on Monday.

Stuivenberg’s team have suffered a number of pull outs, with Jurgen Locadia, Yassine Ayoub, and Ruben Ligeon all injured. Ajax’s Davy Klaassen follows his goal at the weekend with a call-up, along with Heracles’s Thomas Bruns, and Groningen defender Timo Letschert.

The coach had some words of warning for his young side, “Against this team it is really a test to see where the players and staff are. Particularly offensively they have many quality players including, Giorgi Chanturia and Valeri Qazaishvili.”

Netherlands  face Georgia on Thursday, and then a friendly with Austria three days later

Full Netherlands U21 selection is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Mickey van der Haart (Ajax), Warner Hahn (FC Dordrecht), Stefan van der Lei (Groningen)

Defenders: Stefano Denswil (Ajax), Dico Koppers (Twente), Joshua Brenet (PSV), Sven van Beek (Feyenoord), Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax), Timo Letschert (Groningen)

Midfielders: Thomas Bruns (Heracles), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Adam Maher (PSV), Kyle Ebecilio (Twente), Nathan Ake (Chelsea),

Forwards: Jean Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Luc Castaignos, Quicy Promes (Both Twente), Lesley de Sa (Ajax), Guus Hupperts (Roda JC)

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